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Windows 7: USB works for some but not for all?

03 Feb 2013   #1
ste20man

Windows 7 Home premium - 32 bit
 
 
USB works for some but not for all?

Hi, this is a weird one.

At the back of my comp i have 6 USB's that take things from mouse to keyboard to piano keyboard and all work.

When i use a USB stick though things are different. My PC recognizes the USB and a little light comes on it and it does come up as a drive but when i try and open the USB I get the error:

G:\ Application not found

It is always G:\ no matter which USB is use, front or back. I definitely know the ones on the back are working as I'm typing through my keyboard USB now. All of them work but not for USB memory sticks???

I have tried 5 USB's now and all give the same error. Does anyone know why this is? In device manager there seems to be no issues with drivers, they all seem to be up to date.

I wouldn't mind but i need to save a book I am writing, if i lose what I've done so far I would die I back up to a spare hard drive so there is some cover but still nowhere near enough.

Thanks in advance for any help, cheers, Ste.


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03 Feb 2013   #2
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

You say you have tried 5 usb. Does that mean 5 different usp ports or 5 different usp sticks?
With your usb stick plugged in go to Start/Computer and see if the usb stick is shown there.
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03 Feb 2013   #3
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

I would presume that you are calling USB ports as USBs. Clarification as requested by Layback Bear is in order. Please specify USB ports and USB devices for clarity.

Assuming that you have one USB device, which when plugged into five USB ports on your computer all give you that message, there is a distinct possibility that your pendrive is infected.

Go to Folder options and unhide hidden files and protected system files.

Press and hold Shift key when you insert the pendrive and till it is recognised.( This will prevent the auto.inf being executed.)

If you find any auto.inf and recycler in the pendrive select these and press Shift+delete to send those to oblivion.

Now safely remove the pendrive and then plug it in normally.

Problem resolved?

Note: In any case, check your system thoroughly for any malware.

Your pendrive/s also need to be sanitised. That after you report the status.
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03 Feb 2013   #4
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Main lap Asus ROG 7 Pro
 
 

Actually according to this there is only 4 x USB ports http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=3485#sp
The mouse and KB ports are the PS/2 type so unless steman has a USB card or a hub parked in one of the ports in the machine that is all there is?

Oops unless the front two are being counted - sorry I thought it was meant say at the back.
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04 Feb 2013   #5
ste20man

Windows 7 Home premium - 32 bit
 
 

Hi, this is a great forum, I always appreciate advise.

I have 4 USB Port on the back and 2 on the front.


I tried 5 different USB sticks but none worked no matter which port i placed them in.

I have had new luck though. When i double click on the USB Stick(which does show on 'devices with removeable storage' i get the g:\ error message; but when i right click on it and select 'open in new window', it allows me access to whichever of the 5 pendrives i use.

So in the end, all is ok. It's just strange a double click is different than right-click - open.

Thanks for your help, my book is safe so far, i appreciate it, cheeers, Ste. :0)
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04 Feb 2013   #6
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Main lap Asus ROG 7 Pro
 
 

Well glad to hear it is working but odd behaviour all the same and needs sorting in the future as the ports should "see" the sticks as soon as they are plugged in.

Just out od interest go to Control Panel > Autoplay > and check out what is in my pic.


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04 Feb 2013   #7
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ste20man View Post
.......So in the end, all is ok. It's just strange a double click is different than right-click - open.
Yes, it is strange but that shouldn't be so and so I will say all is not O.K.

In any normal computer, with or without Auto Play checked, double click should open the removable device and not give out the message you had displayed.

IMO all your pendrives are getting infected from inside your computer or got infected from other computers - if you had lent them.

So do check your system for any malware. And do check your pendrives for that autorun.inf and recycler.
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04 Feb 2013   #8
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Main lap Asus ROG 7 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jumanji View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ste20man View Post
.......So in the end, all is ok. It's just strange a double click is different than right-click - open.
Yes, it is strange but that shouldn't be so and so I will say all is not O.K.

In any normal computer, with or without Auto Play checked, double click should open the removable device and not give out the message you had displayed.

IMO all your pendrives are getting infected from inside your computer or got infected from other computers - if you had lent them.

So do check your system for any malware. And do check your pendrives for that autorun.inf and recycler.
Just a thought too jumanji could be the drives have just been corrupted by unsafe removal? But I agree that they should all be swept with a few scanners.
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04 Feb 2013   #9
ste20man

Windows 7 Home premium - 32 bit
 
 

Thanks IC, it was ticked so it's just a gremlin in the system. I can deal with it ''cos i've got my work backed up.

Thanks for all your help, and to others too. Great forum, will always come back here, thanks again, Ste.
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04 Feb 2013   #10
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

I do not think, ICit2 , the files are corrupted. If they were OP would have reported.

And then I had half a mind to advise the OP to backup all files on the pendrives because of the possibiity of the malware corrupting the files but then he has already said he had some sort of backups.

Also I would be inclined to think, that it could be a harmless irritation malware.

Well, all these are perceptions that may be right or wrong. Only the OP can tell after doing a malware check.

The saving grace is whatever has been advised can do no harm.
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